- Georgetown is once again pushing plans for a new boathouse along the Capital Crescent Trail. I know that many cyclists oppose this, but I could be convinced. For starters the trail would have to be left at least as wide as it is now, and ideally it would be slightly wider. Then, push Georgetown U a little bit by getting them to build a little trail on the trolley right of way on campus. Metro is eager to sell the Foundry Branch Bridge and the ROW on both sides of it. So here is my ask:
- Georgetown buys the bridge and land from Metro and the money, by law, goes to improve bus service. Better transit! Hooray!
- Georgetown, with help from DC repairs the bridge so that it can handle bike/ped traffic and builds connections from Foxhall Road to the driveway between Georgetown and Canal Road. Better bike ped connections! Hooray! Saving an historic bridge! Hooray!
- Georgetown gives some of the excess land to NPS as part of their planned land exchange. More park land! Hooray.
- Georgetown keeps the rest of the land, the part they've always wanted, for thier own purposes.
- The view of the river from the trail gets a little bit worse, and there is more traffic near the trailhead. Not great, but there are no free lunches.
- Anyway, the agency has scheduled an open house with a brief presentation for Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Washington Harbour (3050 K Street, NW, Suite 200).
- On the options, and hurdles, for better connecting the Mt. Vernon Trail to Arlington County. "The primary obstacle to building the long-sought bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the GWMP from what is now Long Bridge Park has been NPS opposition, not funding. The NPS has already stalled a *fully funded* environmental analysis for this crossing for nearly a decade. While the cost to build this bridge would be substantial, it should be similar to that of less-needed trail bridges, such as the one planned across Four Mile Run between S Eads St and Commonwealth Ave in Alexandria. Arlington's elected officials should press for the prompt completion of this long-delayed environmental and preliminary engineering study."
- A Virginia driver hit a cyclist, leaving him in a coma, and then left the scene, reportedly to chase down the driver who cut him off (witnesses saw no "other" car). The driver was driving on a suspended license at the time. Witneses claimed that the cyclist was riding on the shoulder. So Virginia threw the book at him - $600 in fines. He also got 90 days in jail which was suspended and got to keep his license, despite 5 points on his license before this crash. That should teach him a lesson. There is much more here.